Category: Careers

Hiring managers are bored of seeing these résumé clichés. Here’s how you can avoid them.

Career consultant Jenny Foss said listing your jobs is not enough to catch a recruiter’s eye. SvetaZi/Getty Images Job applicants can undersell themselves with tired tropes in their résumé. It’s better to view it as a marketing tool, said career coach Jenny Foss. She said the mistakes she sees include using jargon and listing every job they’ve had. Your résumé and cover letter are a hiring…

This company wants to slash corporate bureaucracy and let employees manage themselves. Could it work?

Bill Anderson, CEO of Bayer, wants to change the traditional corporate structure and get rid of middle managers. Business Wire Pharmaceutical giant Bayer has seen its stock decrease more than 50% in the last year. CEO Bill Anderson wants to turn things around by transforming the corporate hierarchy. His plan involves reducing bureaucracy and giving employees more choice. Bayer, the maker of Alka-Seltzer, Claritin, and…

I was over-employed and worked other jobs on top of my full-time one. To achieve the American dream, you have...

Millennial project manager Kendall McGill said she feels uncomfortable having just one job in the current economy. AndreyPopov/Getty Images Project manager Kendall McGill started picking up contract work after she started working from home. McGill was open about double-dipping, but after her past employer’s negative reaction she’s more covert. She’s had one remote job on the East Coast and another on the West to balance…

Here are the highest-paying jobs in America

Ophthalmologist is one of the highest-paying jobs in the US, according to estimates from the Bureau of Labor Statistics. aire images/Getty Images The Bureau of Labor Statistics published its newest annual wage estimates. Average annual pay for pediatric surgeons and cardiologists was greater than $400,000. Sports competitors, neurologists, and psychiatrists are three other jobs with six-figure averages. Pediatric surgeon is the highest-paying job in the…

A data specialist shares the 2-page résumé that got him a $300,000 job at Google — and explains 3 details...

Ankit Virmani broke into Big Tech after a career in consulting after months of mentorship and résumé building. Ankit Virmani Ankit Virmani made a career switch from consulting to tech. After a full day of work at Deloitte, he would spend hours every night teaching himself how to code. The résumé that landed Virmani a job at Google is two pages long — a decision…

Meet newly minted billionaire Sam Altman, the OpenAI CEO who learned to code at 8

Sam Altman is well known in the startup scene in Silicon Valley. Courtesy of Sam Altman Forbes just declared OpenAI CEO Sam Altman a billionaire.  Before OpenAI, he was well-known in Silicon Valley as president of startup accelerator Y-Combinator. Here’s how the serial entrepreneur got his start — and ended up helming the most-watched AI company. Sam Altman, 38, has been added to Forbes’ billionaires…

The biggest secret at work: your office crush

All around the office, your managers, direct reports, and peers are spending some untold portion of company time daydreaming about or flirting with each other. Mikel Jaso for BI In 2018, Derek was working 80 hours a week as a paralegal for a major law firm in New York City, his first job out of school. He had a boyfriend, but they weren’t seeing much…

McKinsey is offering some staff 9 months of pay and career coaching services to leave the firm: report

McKinsey is reportedly paying its staff to leave the firm, British newspaper The Times reported on Saturday. The management consulting firm is dangling career coaching services and up to nine months worth of pay. Fabrice Coffrini/AFP via Getty Images McKinsey is reportedly offering some managers money and career coaching services to leave the firm. Managers can spend up to nine months searching for a job…

I’ve been a tech recruiter for 19 years for giants like Google. These are the 4 questions you should ask...

Ask about your future team and their career backgrounds, says a recruiter with experience at Google, Dell, and Zendesk. Dhritiparna Dhar Dhritiparna Dhar, an HR expert, shares the top questions she values during job interviews. She values questions about team dynamics, work setup, and role growth. Inquiries about the company’s challenges also show a candidate’s curiosity and initiative. This as-told-to essay is based on a…

New review database takes aim at some of the most protected bosses in America: state and federal judges

A new database, touted as a “Glassdoor for judges,” aims to diminish the culture of fear and silence surrounding the judiciary, creator Aliza Shatzman says. US District & Bankruptcy Court, Southern District of Texas Attorney Aliza Shatzman created a database for law clerks to review their bosses: state and federal judges. Her Legal Accountability Project is meant to diminish the profession’s culture of fear and silence….

A millennial manager went viral after her Gen Z assistant picked up a work call while at the hair salon:...

Gen Z and millennials want more flexibility at work. Elizaveta Starkova/Getty Images A millennial manager has received praise online for giving her Gen Z employee so much flexibility.  Lucinda Bayly went viral after her Gen Z assistant attended a virtual meeting from a hair salon.  Bayly told Newsweek that she doesn’t care where her staff are working as long as the work gets done.  A…

Gen Z is going to rule the business world sooner than you think

With just an idea, a domain name, and a dream, Gen Z has everything it needs to take over the business marketplace. Daniel Jurman for BI Luke Lintz was at the gym in 2016 when his headphone wires got in the way of his bench press. It wasn’t the first time it had happened, and the 16-year-old had had enough. At the time, wireless headphones…

An engineer who landed a $300,000 job at Google shares the résumé that got him in the door — and...

Sahil Gaba landed a job at Google in 2021. Sahil Gaba Sahil Gaba taught himself programming to secure his first job at a small fintech and then Amazon. When he was 29, he managed to land offers from Meta, Uber, and Google within weeks of each other. Here’s the résumé that got him in the door at Google — and what he’d change on it…

At Delta, equity has become a ‘key lever’ in its DEI strategy

Experiential learning opportunities for employees and company leaders help to center DEI initiatives continuously, says Ashley Black, the managing director of equity strategies at Delta Air Lines. Photo courtesy of Ashley Black; Alyssa Powell/BI if ( document.querySelector(“.gi-sponsor-module”) && document.querySelector(“article section:first-of-type”) && !document.querySelector(“.full-bleed-hero”) && !document.querySelector(“.enhanced-story-byline”) ) { document.querySelector(“.summary-list”).insertAdjacentHTML( “beforebegin”, ` ${seriesTitle} ${text} ` ); } if ( document.querySelector(“.gi-sponsor-module”) && document.querySelector(“.full-bleed-hero”) && document.querySelector(“.enhanced-story-byline”) ) { document.querySelector(“.enhanced-story-byline”).insertAdjacentHTML( “beforeend”,…

I was laid off from Google, so I started my own business. It meant taking a $100,000 pay cut, but...

Getty Images; Alyssa Powell/Insider Keith Chaney was laid off from Google in January 2023 from the strategy and partnerships team.  Despite the initial disappointment, Chaney was inspired to take his startup side hustle full-time.  As a founder, his salary is lower than at Google but he loves his job and believes in his company.  This as-told-to essay is based on a transcribed conversation with Keith…

He retired at 36 to avoid the rat race — and he’s busier than ever. Here’s how he structures his...

Yaron Goldstein adopted a variety of hobbies to keep busy during his early retirement. Yaron Goldstein Yaron Goldstein retired at 36 after a career in data science. Goldstein keeps busy in retirement by pursuing hobbies and planning time for family and friends. He also recently re-enrolled into college. Yaron Goldstein retired at 36. It’s not uncommon for early retirees to experience some lifestyle shock. Upon…

Obama’s best career advice was to follow your passions rather than a job title, an ex-White House speechwriter said

Former President Obama told staff to care more about their impact than their title. Spencer Platt/Getty Images Barack Obama’s ex-speechwriter has had a non-linear career, shaped by advice from the former president.  “Worry about what you want to do, not who you want to be,” Obama told one-time staffer Aneesh Raman, per CNBC. Raman advised young workers to think about the impact they want to…

This company charges from $350 an hour to teach people how to behave at work

Myka Meier of Beaumont Etiquette teaches a corporate etiquette class. Beaumont Etiquette Workers are struggling with office etiquette after working remotely for the past few years.  Business Insider spoke to the founder of an etiquette firm that offers courses in business etiquette. She said common mistakes in the office include speaking loudly or eating smelly foods for lunch. As more companies issue return-to-office mandates, it’s…

Strange but true: Recessions make us live longer

Getty Images; Alyssa Powell/BI There’s a reason governments spend so many taxpayer dollars digging their economies out of recessions. Families lose their homes. Children go malnourished. New grads spend years struggling to get their careers back on track, forgoing marriage and kids and homeownership. But a growing body of research suggests that recessions are good for at least one thing: longevity. Puzzlingly, it appears that…

I’m a millennial who thought cubicles were a dreary relic from the ’90s — then I realized they can be...

Sydney Baker started working in an office cubicle in July 2023. Courtesy of Bradley McKee Sydney Baker, 27, previously thought office cubicles were outdated and dreary. When she started working in one, she decorated it to make it feel like her own space. She said cubicles can actually mean more socializing — but it can be hard to maintain focus. This as-told-to essay is based…

The full list of major US companies slashing staff this year, from IBM to Google and Microsoft

Google has already laid off hundreds of workers in 2024. SOPA Images Last year’s job cuts weren’t the end of layoffs. Further reductions have begun in 2024. Companies like IBM, Google, Microsoft, Nike, and Intel have announced plans for cuts this year. See the full list of corporations reducing their worker numbers in 2024. A slew of companies across the tech, media, finance, and retail industries…

I was making 6 figures in sales, but I was constantly away from my family. So at 39, I enrolled...

Edwin Schwartz decided to go to law school at 39 after a career in sales. Edwin Schwartz At 39, Edwin Schwartz made a career switch from sales to law. He made the change so he’d have more time to spend with family. Schwartz said he was one of the oldest people in his classes, but that age came with some advantages. This as-told-to essay is…

Ex-Microsoft VP of HR: If the application process is bad, the job will probably be worse. Beware of these red...

Gen Zers are looking out for red flags in job interviews Andy Ryan/Getty Images Chris Williams was the VP of HR at Microsoft and is now an advisor and consultant. He writes that common ‘tells’ include chaos, bureaucracy, secrecy, and conceit. These can indicate potential problems within the company and what it might be like working there. In every game, part of the challenge is…

Meta CTO says startup life isn’t glamorous like in the movies: ‘I didn’t sleep for more than 4 hours at...

Meta’s CTO Andrew Bosworth talked about the grind of early startup culture in a new podcast interview. JOSH EDELSON/AFP/Getty Meta CTO Andrew Bosworth said startup culture is often romanticized, but in reality isn’t glamorous. The CTO said he woke up every four hours for two years to make sure an anti-spam system was intact. Even though he ended up successful, he said many others invest…

A finance professional fired over watching pornography at work said it was because his computer was infected by a Trojan...

The Shanghai High Court reported that a 41-year-old financial services professional was fired after watching pornography at work. Oscar Wong A 41-year-old client manager was fired for browsing adult content at work, but said it wasn’t him. The Shanghai man blamed a virus that infected his computer or his own colleagues, per the local court. He sued his employer for wrongful termination, and wanted $43,000…

A woman who spent a year job-searching in Australia shares the resume that got her zero interviews — and what...

Baishakhi Connor moved to Australia 15 years ago. Baishakhi Connor Baishakhi Connor spent over a year looking for a job in Australia. Connor looks back on the resume and what she would change now. It’s important to tailor resumes according to local norms, she said. Baishakhi Connor had been working for seven years — first in tech and then investment banking — when she was…

Tesla engineers break down what it’s like to interview at Elon Musk’s car company

It takes several rounds of interviews to get hired at Tesla. South China Morning Post Tesla attracted over 3.6 million applications in 2022. Tesla’s hiring process can involve up to 9 interviews, a presentation, and sometimes a letter to Elon Musk. 10 Tesla engineers broke down the process and gave tips for getting a job at Musk’s company. Millions of people are lining up to…

I left California for Las Vegas. Even after a $39,000 pay cut, my house is bigger, my 401(k) contributions went...

Alli Peck moved to Las Vegas and took a pay cut of $39,000. Alli Peck Alli Peck made $184,000 as a program manager at an engineering startup. In 2021, she and her husband moved to Las Vegas, subsequently quitting her job and taking a 20% pay cut. Peck says the move and the pay cut were worth it and she loves her life in Vegas….

Nvidia’s AI chips boom could help the Biden administration bring semiconductor jobs to the US

Nvidia isn’t the only semiconductor business that could benefit from the surge in demand for AI chips. Mohd Rasfan/AFP/Getty Images (Left), Walid Berrazeg/SOPA Images/LightRocket via Getty Images (Right) The demand for Nvidia’s AI chips could bolster job growth across the semiconductor industry. That’s because tech companies need more than just Nvidia’s high-end chips to build their AI technologies.  While Nvidia and TSMC remain the leaders…

One woman saw the Great Recession coming. Wall Street’s boys club ignored her.

As chair of the Commodity Futures Trading Commission, Brooksley Born saw the financial crisis coming. But no one listened. Andrius Banelis for BI This is an excerpt adapted from “WOMEN MONEY POWER: The Rise and Fall of Economic Equality.” When Lehman Brothers filed for bankruptcy in the fall of 2008, jolting an already ailing global economy into near-freefall, the whole world was in shock. But…